Research into short term letting

Published on 09 September 2019

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Researchers from Southern Cross University want to give MidCoast locals a voice when it comes to the future of short-term holiday letting across the region.

The university is conducting an online survey to gauge the community’s attitude and thoughts on short-term holiday letting sites such as Airbnb and Stayz, in a project supported by Destination North Coast and Barrington Coast Tourism.

The aim of the survey is to gain an understanding of the scale of short-term holiday letting within the MidCoast region.

“Sharing your experiences through this survey will give both us and other councils across the North Coast of NSW a better understanding of the impacts of short-term holiday letting on our neighbourhoods and regions,” said MidCoast Council’s Manager Growth, Economic Development and Tourism, Deb Tuckerman.

Short term holiday letting including Airbnb, its largest, fastest-growing platform has become an increasingly significant within the tourism industry. 

“For some short-term holiday letting provides employment opportunities both directly through accommodating visitors or through the jobs created by increased visitation to the area. For others it may be the vehicle that enables them to remain in the area or their residence. 

“Alternatively, others may have been impacted negatively through increased rental prices, reduced availability of rental accommodation or issues related to having one of these properties in their vicinity.”

A team of researchers led by Dr Tania von der Heidt of the School of Business and Tourism, SCU, is leading the investigation.

You can access and take part in the survey, before it closes on 29 September, at the link above.